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  • Login/Authentication User System - How easy is it to integrate with a "main" site?

    I'm planning the development of a website and I'm interested in having a forum and using vBulliten.

    The site I'm planning would require users to sign in to access specific features of the website. However, I don't want users to have to create 2 accounts, one for the website and one for the forum.

    So I guess my question is, how easy is it to integrate vBulliten's login system and userbase with a "main" site?

  • #2
    vBulletin does not handle external authentication at this time. This requires some custom programming on your part and a Bridge between your software and vBulletin. vBulletin does include tools and APIs built into the software that allow you to synchronize your existing user records with the ones that vBulletin requires and would allow you to simulate a single sign-on procedure. To do this you would use vBulletin's Data Managers.

    The data managers are able to handle all the structures and variable types within vBulletin. This is the most efficient way to handle synchronization because of the way that vBulletin handles logins and cookie based authentication for each user. It will also allow you to use vBulletin's session handling techniques since they are different than standard PHP sessions at this time.

    You can read about the Data Managers in our online documentation at:

    You can also see the entire vBulletin API at:

    Here is a tutorial on how to create a new user automatically:

    In that thread is are examples that you can use as a basis to handle logins within vBulletin transparently. There is other information available for including external files and classes in vBulletin available at as well.
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    Wayne Luke
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    vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
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    • #3
      You could look at SUBDREAMER as it has an integrated sign-in.


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